GFADP in the News

posted Jun 1, 2015, 10:26 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 10:29 AM ]
Hi friends,
 
There has been so much in the news lately as it relates to the death penalty. As many of you know,Nebraska became the 19th state to repeal the death penalty! The Cornhusker State is also the first conservative state to repeal since 1973 and the first with a retroactive law. We rejoice in this news and hope that the tide will continue to move South.
 
While we celebrate the victories, we must also acknowledge the death verdict in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial. He was sentenced to death in a state that firmly and overwhelmingly does not support the death penalty. There's an excellent article from The Nation, entitled What’s Wrong With the Federal Death Penalty.
 
We are entering the period where we are expecting a decision from the US Supreme Court on Glossip v. Gross, the Oklahoma case examining the constitutionality of the use of the drug midazolam in lethal injection executions. 
 
As you know, GFADP launched a forum series at the end of April entitled, Connecting the Dots: An Open Conversation about the Death Penalty. The purpose of the forums is to have an open conversation about the death penalty, highlighting various issues with the system, such as race, class, impact of the system on those with developmental disabilities, etc. We are partnering with community members in each of the areas with the hopes of forming or revitalizing GFADP chapters in each of these communities.
 
So far we’ve had incredible conversations in Macon and Dawson. Our next stops are Savannah and Athens. We’ll keep you updated with information on those locations.We're including some very nice coverage from WALB News in Albany of our Dawson forum. We’re thrilled that GFADP’s work is being covered in this way.
 
In addition, on Wednesday, June 10, GFADP will be participating in the Disability and Social Justice Summit in Atlanta, GA. There will be workshops on the connection between disability and criminal justice, in addition to other areas. Please consider joining us and helping us to spread the word about this event. If you plan to come, please consider registering sooner than later. There is also a sliding scale registration fee. Click here for more information.
 
Volunteer Need
Do you or someone you know have a few hours a week to spare? If so, we would love the help keeping our website updated! Georgia based volunteers preferred. Please contact Kathryn at khamoudah(at)schr.org. Thanks so much!
 

 
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